Charing Cross

Charing Cross (/ˈærɪŋ/ CHARR-ing)[1] is a junction in London, England, where six routes meet. Clockwise from north these are: the east side of Trafalgar Square leading to St Martin's Place and then Charing Cross Road; the Strand leading to the City; Northumberland Avenue leading to the Thames Embankment; Whitehall leading to Parliament Square; The Mall leading to Admiralty Arch and Buckingham Palace; and two short roads leading to Pall Mall.

Charing Cross

Charing Cross roundabout, with a Statue of Charles I on the site of the original Eleanor Cross, once a three-way junction.
Charing Cross
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ302804
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtWC2
Dialling code020
PoliceMetropolitan
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UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
UK
England
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51.5073°N 0.12755°W / 51.5073; -0.12755

A bronze equestrian statue of Charles I by French sculptor Hubert Le Sueur has stood near the junction since 1675.

The original Charing Cross was one of the medieval Eleanor crosses that stood here in the heart of the hamlet of Charing, Westminster, from the 1290s until its destruction on the orders of Parliament in 1647. The cross gave its name to the immediate locality, and to landmarks including Charing Cross railway station, on the forecourt of which stands the ornate Queen Eleanor Memorial Cross built to commemorate the original Eleanor cross in 1864–1865.

Until 1931, "Charing Cross" also referred to the part of Whitehall between Great Scotland Yard and Trafalgar Square.[2] Drummonds Bank, on the corner with The Mall, retains the address 49 Charing Cross (not to be confused with Charing Cross Road).[3]

Since the early 19th century, Charing Cross has been the notional "centre of London" and is now the point from which distances from London are measured.